Ericsson claims LTE first in Japan

Ericsson is deploying what it claims is the first mixed-mode 3G and 4G network in the world for Japanese mobile carrier eAccess.
The equipment vendor claims the mixed WCDMA and LTE network allows eAccess to use the same radio frequency band for both services, which will enable greater optimization of the carrier’s spectrum usage and so simplify future frequency allocation.
eAccess plans to begin deploying the 4G network in major cities including Tokyo, Tokai and Osaka in March.